Planned Grazing System
reduce sediment and nutrient runoff. Consider food, water and herd size.
How it works
Cattle are moved from paddock to paddock on a pre-arranged schedule based on forage availability and livestock nutrition needs.
How it helps
Increases harvest efficiency and helps ensure adequate forage throughout the grazing season.
Increases forage quality and production which helps increase feed efficiency and can improve profits.
Rotating also evenly distributes manure nutrient resources.
Is the mix of grass and legumes adequate for your herd and soil types?
Will your pasture meet the nutrient needs of your cattle?
Have you considered management alternatives for periods of low forage production?
Plan rest periods so each pasture (paddock) will have adequate time to recover during the growing season to promote plant growth.
All livestock must be removed from pastures while they are being rested.
Some paddocks may need to be mowed or hayed during heavy growth periods.
Remove pasture water systems during winter if necessary, and reinstall them in the spring.
If herd size changes dramatically, update rotation schedule, paddock numbers and paddock size.
Apply fertilizer and nutrients according to soil tests.